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The Friday Night Whoopee With Florence Joelle

6 May

The Secret Showcase Presents is delighted to invite Florence Joelle to its stage for the first time for the Friday Night Whoopee on the 9th May at St. Moritz.

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Paris-born, London-based, singer / songwriter / blues harpist Florence Joelle was bred on jazz at home, and on the music of the Paris streets, the Gypsy art of Django Reinhardt, bal musette, and North African rai, Florence started collecting rock’n’roll, doo-wop, Latin jazz, and early blues as a girl. Her music draws from all these influences, carving out a unique sound that, although deeply rooted in the past, vibrates in the present

A twee retro singer she is not, though. Ever socially conscious, her songs depict what happens around her. The gritty ’29 Bus Blues’ tells of an assault witnessed on a London night bus, while ‘The God Of Things’, written during the riots of August 2011, warns of the materialistic world we live in.

Released last May, her second album, Stealing Flowers, has won four star reviews in the Independent, Daily Mirror and Jazzwise, amongst others, and her song ’29 Bus Blues’ was included in Tom Robinson’s Best of 2013 on BBC6 Music.

A direct to stereo analogue recording, the album was made using vintage microphones and analogue processing, and captured in four days, straight to 2″ reel to reel tape, “This is another beauty of analogue recording,” Florence muses, “much studio time and money can be saved that way, as long as everyone knows what to play on the day.”

And they certainly know what to play on the day… Her line-up boasts lead guitarist Paul Seacroft on acoustic, electric guitar and lap steel (The Tiger Lillies, The Specials, The Selecter and Slim Zydeco), double bass / flamenco guitar Chris Clavo and drummer / percussionist Matt Jackson. And what musicians! They also arrange her compositions. “I write the melody, lyrics and chord structure of my songs on an acoustic guitar. It all sounds very bare, so I need my fellow band members to work their magic”, Joelle admits.

Stealing Flowers, Florence Joelle’s second album, takes the analogue theme further, not only on recording, but also with an image shot by photographic artist Jayne Taylor using old film stock and a vintage Hasselblad camera. “Everything we see and hear now is airbrushed and over-altered, from the photographs in magazines to much of the music on the radio. Showing things as they are makes them almost futuristic.” Florence says. “Back in the day, music was recorded live, and there weren’t many ways, apart from reverb and echo, to alter sound. The best take was kept, and that was all. We went the same way with the cover artwork. Nothing was added, there was no stylist, I am wearing a £10 dress from a thrift shop which I took in myself, the records on the floor are mine, and I bought the flowers too. It’s all about Jayne Taylor’s composition. There is something beautiful about capturing moments of reality, unembellished. What is the point of creating something that isn’t yours?” – And this is all very much hers. Despite its title, nothing is lifted on Stealing Flowers.

What the press say:
“Joelle’s sensuous purred vocals and sprightly jazzy songs lend proceedings a contemporary edge while circumventing mere nostalgia.”  – The Independent****

“Florence is a rare jewel and this second album captures her captivating style.  She boasts deliciously suave vocal phrasing framed by a hot and agile band.  Her savvy originals and jumping jazz standards are an unaffected joy.  Blooming lovely.”  – The Daily Mirror****

“A genuine talent, and definitely one to watch.” – Classic Rock – Blues Edition
“Stealing Flowers is a record to cherish.” – Jazzwise****

“Sultry, sexy and French, she was born with a voice tailor-made to pour out enticing cocktails of chanson, r’n’b and jazz.” – R2 Rock’n’Reel ****

“Florence Joelle sings rock ’n’ roll like Billie Holiday might, croons a torch ballad as Wanda Jackson may, and spices it all with a bit of Patti Smith attitude.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Florence Joelle’s Kiss of Fire Paris-born, Camden-based, her music has a heady, jazzy swing of the hips, the sultry tango of ‘I’ll Come Running’ the perfect soundtrack to any Martini-fuelled, Mad Men-themed party.” – Q Magazine

“It’s her voice that smacks you around the head. It’s utterly unique.” – Ruth Barnes’ Pick Of the Week, Tom Robinson’s Show, BBC 6 music

DO NOT MISS, our Femme fatale Friday special. Not only do we have an incredible band fronted by the beautiful and talented Flo but we have Kitty Durham of Kitty Daisy & Lewis joining Samantha Pink Panther at the Decks. Grrrrrrrrrl Power all night long!

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Franky And The Jacks Play The Friday Night Whoopee.

28 Apr

We are delighted to announce the return of Franky and the Jacks to The Secret Showcase Presents… stage.

In January we hosted the launch for the Franky and the Jacks EP and It was such a great Party that we couldn’t wait to party with them again only this time for the Friday Night Whoopee on the 2nd of May at the St. Moritz Club in Soho without the worry of having to get up for work in the morning.

Franky and The Jacks May 2014-1Since their formation in a run down old factory in East London in February 2011 Franky and the Jacks have gone from strength to strength working hard at creating a sound that is both genuine and innovative. The influence of the gypsy jazz rhythms championed by the likes of Django Reinhardt an Les Doigts de L’homme is strong and with songs that are lyrically akin to the storytelling country styles of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, yet still managing to keep their feet firmly on British soil, many of the songs can appear simultaneously both uplifting and tragic.

This can be better explained by a metaphorical battle between musical genres. In other words there begins a fight between folk and jazz, folk is badly injured and as he trips and is stumbling to the floor, jazz seizes the opportunity and kicks him hard in the ass. Folk lets out an almighty cry and it is precisely this cry that is the sound of FatJ.

On the door £6 before 11.30 £8 after. Student discount available. 159 Wardour Street W1 8WJ.

 

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